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176 Concord Street, P.O. Box 22287, Charleston, SC 29413-2287
Contact: Erin Dhand, Manager, Corporate Communications and Community Affairs
Telephone: 843-577-8121 • Fax: 843-577-8127 • e-mail: EDhand@scspa.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1/23/2003

Port Police Welcomes Four-Legged Officer

Charleston, SC There's a new Port Police officer on the waterfront and he's got the best sense of smell on the force.

His name is B.J. and he's a trained yellow Lab working dog.  He'll be assigned to patrol the docks, searching vehicles, cargoes and people.

Fortunately, the Ports Authority already has an officer on the force with several years of experience in dog handling and training.  She and B.J. the bomb dog will get to work right away.

B.J. joins more than 150 state and federal law enforcement personnel safeguarding the docks, storage yards and waterways around the Port of Charleston.

He was trained by Fallen Rock Kennels of Mayesville, SC, near Sumter.  Fallen Rock is owned by Chief Paul McCombs, a veteran police officer and head of the Mayesville Police Department.

Fallen Rock donated B.J. to the Ports Authority.  To work the Port of Georgetown and surrounding community, Chief McCombs and Fallen Rock also donated a dog to the Georgetown County Sheriff's office.

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